For the Purist, Drive the 2016 Porsche Cayman

01.01.16 - 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4

Driving for the sheer joy of driving is still possible, even in the world of advanced electronics that have taken away much of the functions of driving, if you have the right car to drive.  Most of the sports cars today, including the often lauded Porsche 911 have so many electronic devices that handle the shifting, the steering adjustments and the power inputs in order to give you the best performance from the car, but when you want to actually see what your driving talents can do you want to drive the Porsche Cayman.

The Cayman is a mid-engine sports coupe that allows you to continue to control the car by leaving out some of the electronic performance programs to make it a more driver focused ride for you.  As a Porsche you expect this car to be balanced and beautiful to handle and control, and you get everything you want on a Porsche to go along with the amazing sportiness and performance you can enjoy.  On this new model for 2016 you will see the GT4 which gains it engine from the Carrera S but borrows the brakes and suspension from the GT3 to give us a manual transmission only car that is perfect for those of us who love the fun of shifting our own car.

Porsche sports cars have always been lightweight and fun to drive which the Cayman certainly is as well.  What makes driving this beauty a perfect choice for nearly every driver is the equipment aboard that can make it fun for the enthusiasts that want the manual transmission, but also be a great drive for those who have only limited experience shifting gears for themselves.  As you would expect, this low slung sports car is ready to be pushed to the limits through curves and turns to be an awesome performance machine for you to drive.

As with any sports car the engine is an important part of the decision and what you choose in order to make the car the right one for you to drive.  The Cayman offers four engines to choose from and two transmissions which are either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.  The base engine gives you a 2.7-liter flat six-cylinder engine that produces 275 horsepower and 213 lb.-ft. of torque.  When paired with the transmissions this version returns 20 city/30 hwy mpg on the manual and 22 city/32 hwy mpg for the automatic to make this a car you can drive comfortably on a daily basis.

Moving up the next engine on the menu is a 3.4-liter flat six-cylinder engine that is in the Cayman S to bring you 325 horsepower and 273 lb.-ft. of torque.  With the trannys aboard this version offers 20 city/28 hwy mpg for the manual and 21 city/30 hwy mpg on the automatic.  The next model uses the same engine that is tuned up to 340 horsepower and 280 lb.-ft. of torque on the GTS.  Even at this power level you can feel good driving the Cayman every day as you receive 19 city/26 hwy mpg for the manual and 21 city/30 hwy mpg for the automatic.

At the top of the Cayman lineup the GT4 is powered by a 3.8-liter flat six-cylinder engine that will give you a highly enjoyable power output of 385 horsepower and 309 lb.-ft. of torque.  This model only comes with the six-speed manual transmission and is meant to be the car you take to the track to show off what you can do.  With this powertrain you will receive a reasonable fuel mileage return that comes in at 18 city/23 hwy mpg to make it somewhat affordable to drive.

Stepping inside the Cayman you find a cabin that is upscale and gives you the equipment you want, but doesn’t stuff so much in your face that you can’t focus on what’s important; the drive.  The control center is focused on your enjoyment of the ride and gives you plenty of space to work so you can make the adjustments you need to on the track or when cruising along the edge of a canyon.  ON the outside the Cayman is all Porsche.  This is a car that shares looks with the 911 but also has some added edge to the overall appearance of this beautiful car.

While driving the GT4 would be awesome, many of us will be looking to the base model as the one we choose.  The standard features you can expect to find include 18-inch wheels, water repellant front windows, rain sensing windshield wipers and a four-speaker audio system with a seven-inch LCD touch screen.  The S model has a wider track, 19-inch wheels, and the low/high beam xenon headlights.  All models of the Cayman have eight airbags and a variety of electronic stability aids along with the complimentary roadside assistance during the time of the warranty.

The options and upgrades come in a selection of different features you can add including leather across any surface, carbon fiber throughout, Alcantara features, aluminum trimmings and matched exterior pain.  You can also add the premium 12-speaker Burmester sound system, track enhancing features and much more to make this car one that is certainly unique to you.  Letting the Cayman be your ride for daily driving or just for weekend racing you can have this car set up exactly how you want it to be for your driving excitement.

As a Porsche you expect to pay a premium price but the Cayman starts out at $53,600 which makes it a highly affordable model.  Moving up to the Cayman S the price will come in around $65,000 and the GTS will ask for $76,000.  Looking to the top model, the GT4 will show up at $85,500.  Adding the automatic to any of the first three models you can add $3,200 and putting the additional features to the top model will push it up over the $100,000 mark.  The Cayman can be the car you want to drive every day and give you the performance you want from a car that still offers an amazing manual transmission for you.


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